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SRTS program adding instructors

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), through its Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, has funded 33 certified bicycle safety instructors with the help of the statewide advocacy group, Bike Walk Mississippi.

MDOT, through Safe Routes to School federal funds and with the help of Bike Walk Mississippi, paid to have 33 Mississippians certified as bicycle safety educators through the League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Certification Course. In return for MDOT paying for the registration fees, the certified instructors will teach at least five bicycle safety education classes in SRTS schools around the state and other locations. This pool of certified instructors is also available to teach others upon request.

“Until now, Mississippi did not have an organized, certified, available group of bicycle safety education instructors, and now we do,” said Cookie Leffler, MDOT SRTS coordinator. “When schools desiring certified instructors, or when communities and other organizations come calling, we will have this resource readily available. If communities encourage students to walk and bicycle to school, it’s important that these students be equipped with the knowledge and skills to do so safely.”

Bike Walk Mississippi, through a contract with MDOT, will coordinate this group and trainings in the schools.

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